Which panel ?

August 18, 2013 29.7k views
Hello, I want to host a couple clients sites. Which hosting control panel would be the best to use, something like ispconfig or zpanel or another one maybe?
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Take a look at this thread:

Thank you. Basically i need to have a panel that allows me to have several hosting accounts. So should i go with ISPconfig then ?
You can go with ISPConfig but the initial set up is harder than other panels that do everything for you:


zPanel is very similar to cPanel:


If you're going with zPanel, make sure you use Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64-bit.
tried Froxlor?
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Thank you ! For what i want, which would you go for? I am also a beginner so maybe i should go for zpanel, tho i am willing to spend time on this server.
"I want to host a couple clients sites"; "For what i want, which would you go for? I am also a beginner...."

How much access/control are you looking to provide your clients? Are there any specific features that either you or your clients need? For example, while ISP Config 3 is VERY popular, it does not provide LDAP support. Webmin/Virtualmin is another popular control panel.

IMHO (given that I, too, was a beginner to all of this only a few months ago) I'd recommend that you initially embark on this venture WITHOUT a control panel – in large part, b/c you already have a learning curve to climb w/VPSs; why add a 2nd learning curve in having to also learn the ins & outs of a control panel?

One of the HUGE benefits of DigitalOcean that I believe gets lost on a lot of beginners is the disposability of droplets. As you tread forward, make sure that you are taking a snapshot of your droplet every time you reach a milestone. That way, if you "f" something up later, you can easily (and, quickly!) spin up a new droplet and load your most recent image, so you won't be stuck having to start from scratch all over again.

In other words, with DigitalOcean, you can afford to push through a lot of trial 'n error w/o it costing you a fortune!
At the moment the client would need no access to the control panel, just my self, so i can set up an ftp account and some DB's and also configure some domains. and also have a couple mailboxes per client. I just want a way of simply sectioning off different clients sites and domains. So i can log into each account and set the sites up.

Would i need LDAP to run a wordpress i site?

How easy is it to set up mail, db's and sites without a control panel. If it took time, i would rather find my way around a control panel and save time rather than have to use terminal etc?

Yes that is what i like as it is so easy to make a delete a droplet.

"Would i need LDAP to run a wordpress i site?". No.

"How easy is it to set up mail, db's and sites without a control panel." Simply follow the steps in this article: How to Install Wordpress, Nginx, PHP, and Varnish on Ubuntu 12.04.

"I just want a way of simply sectioning off different clients sites and domains.". Check out: How to Set Up nginx Virtual Hosts (Server Blocks) on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
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This tutorial shows you how to set up a new directory, how to grant the correct permissions, how to add content to a new page, how to turn on virtual hosting, and how to, if needed, set up local hosts. Virtual Hosts are used to run more than one website or domain off of a single server and IP address. When used with nginx, virtual hosts are called Server Blocks. This tutorial covers setting up server blocks on an Ubuntu server.
  • I wish very administrate my sites without control panel .. but already put so much fear that it is difficult to set up email and chaver DKIM and firewall, and that already control panels installed everything we need to emails and safety. and that without a control panel my site would be invaded by hackers and spammers. I acoteumado to manipulate files in linux terminal, linux and linux use only many years .. I’m User basic but not ing, installed PML and wordpress via line compando … manipulated files via nano editor, use debian on my laptop. .. but nothing I understand servers. I am very days reading all the time to find an opensource panel and always find people with divergent opniões on them all .. when almost decedindo to see something that makes me return to the point z :( after installing wordpress PML + What do I have to install to security and power have my mail delivered cheve DKIM?

If you are considering zPanel, I would also check out the InterWorx control panel. It's easy to use and they do a two week free trial, so you can test it out without committing.

If you’re only hosting websites, not email, then <a href=“https://serverpilot.io/”>ServerPilot</a> is probably the best zPanel alternative on DigitalOcean.

Since free panels sometimes decide to “commit suicide” (like zPanel did), now I never look to their side. It’s better and ain´t no harder to find affordable solution which will work 4eva:)

You said that want to host a couple clients sites, so in case that you will need to set various PHP modes for different domains, users roles, access to different folders, etc I could recommend you ISPmanager hosting panel. It’s really popular in Eastern Europe - and low cost isn’t the only factor of popularity:)

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